Site earmarked for modular homes for Ukrainians 'unsuitable'

A CLAREMORRIS councillor has highlighted concerns about plans to erect modular houses to accommodate people who have fled Ukraine.

A site on the Ballyhaunis Road has been identified by the Department of Housing, with plans for 28 modular homes.

This is not a suitable site, Councillor Tom Connolly told the monthly meeting of Mayo County Council yesterday (Monday).

“We have plenty other sites which are suitable,” he told management. “This is not suitable.”

The councillor pointed out that there is also a planning application before the council for apartments at this location.

There were other sites owned by Mayo County Council which could be looked at to accommodate refugees, he suggested.

Councillor Connolly said they weren't told anything about the proposal from the council executive. A department official asked him to find out about local feeling.

The meeting did not get a response from management on the issue as it was agreed at the start of the meeting to adjourn early as a mark of respect to the late former councillor Michael Carty, not allowing time for a full debate.